Linden Industrial Association

Dear L.I.A. Member,

 

            The next meeting of the Association will be at the Meeting Room at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, New Jersey, at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  Stacey Carron, Linden Tax Collector, Gregory J. Grasso, Supervisor of Social Studies and Business for the Linden Public Schools, and President Alex Lospinoso and Vice Chairman Felipe Cabezas of the Linden Economic Development Corporation, will participate in a panel discussion and provide updates of their City Departments.

 

            Please note your diary and confirm your attendance by e-mail to cdambola@lindabury.com, so that we may make the appropriate arrangements for breakfast.  You should plan to have a substitute attend on behalf of your company if you are not able to attend.  Please see the Minutes of the September 19, 2017 meeting of the LIA below.

 

Calendar of Events

October 17, 2017 (Sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.)

November 21, 2017 (Sponsored by Cogen Technologies Linden Venture LP)

January 16, 2018 (Sponsored by Total Specialties, Inc.)

February 20, 2018 (Sponsored by A&M Industrial)

March 20, 2018 (JREZ, LLC)

Annual Dinner -- April 19, 2018

May 15, 2018

June 19, 2018 (Sponsored by Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery)

September 18, 2018 (Sponsored by Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.)
        
  
 

                     

Linden Industrial Association

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE

LINDEN INDUSTRIAL ASSOCIATION

 

            A regular meeting of the Linden Industrial Association was held on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, at 8 a.m. at the Hampton Inn @ Aviation Plaza, 501 West Edgar Road (Rt. 1 North & Stiles Street), Linden, NJ, pursuant to written notice thereof duly sent to all members in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws of the Association.  The following were present:

 

            Paul Abramson                                    SolarKal

            Mayor Derek Armstead                      City of Linden

            Lois I. Bass                                         Infineum

            Kathleen Burke                                   A&M Industrial Supply

            Wayne Cromwell                                General Magnaplate

            James K. Estabrook, Esq.                   Secretary

            Timothy Fitzpatrick                            Advanced GeoServices

            Frank Hetem                                       FCS Full Circle Supply

            Bernie Kordelski                                 Total Specialties USA

            Gene Lauricella                                   Linden Bulk Transportation LLC

            June Lazaro                                         Primerica

            Edward Majeski                                  Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority

            Franklin Ochoa                                   Unity Bank

            Mary Phillips                                       Phillips 66 Bayway Refinery

            Kevin Rosenthal                                 A&M Industrial

            Natalie Sesto                                       Linden Cogen Plant

            Jared Stadlin                                       Linden Bulk Warehouse & Distribution

            Rebecca K. Tattoli                              Office of the Mayor

            Kevin Wiley                                        CAD Associates

                                                                       

Our special thanks to James K. Estabrook, Esq., and Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C., for their continued support of the Linden Industrial Association in sponsoring today’s breakfast meeting. A motion was duly made and seconded to approve the minutes of the membership meeting on June 20, 2017.  The motion was unanimously passed. 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

President’s Report.  President Lois Bass asked the membership to take whatever steps they possibly could to help the hurricane victims in both Texas and Florida.  Additional assistance may be necessary as further hurricanes pass through the Caribbean over the remaining week.

 

Program.  President Lois I. Bass was pleased to introduce the Honorable Mayor Derek Armstead.  The Mayor reported that the results of the municipal elections left him with six Council members supporting his plan for the City of Linden; he was optimistic.  The Mayor’s report focused largely on the new development sites in the City. 

 

First, would be the Life Styles II Apartment Complex at South Wood Avenue and Linden Avenue.  The Mayor expected that a shovel would be in the ground to commence construction in the Spring of 2018 for 176 residential apartments.  There will be retail on the first floor.  The developer of the property also did Life Style I, which was directly across the street, and it had less than a pleasing architectural appearance, so the City demanded Life Styles II have greater architectural appeal.  With the renderings provided, all parties were in agreement that the developer had succeeded. 

 

With the increased construction of apartments in the City of Linden, the City widened the sidewalks for both safety and to attract better retail businesses, including restaurants, for the downtown business district.  The Mayor lamented that there were too many nail salons, dollar stores and barber shops and not enough retail and restaurants.  To induce restaurants to open up downtown, the City has offered to purchase all outdoor furniture along the widened sidewalks for outside dining. 

 

The second development that the Mayor was pleased to display was the new apartment complex on the old JATT Scaffolding property.  Again, this development should start construction in the Spring of 2018.  It will home 215 apartments with retail on the first floor. 

 

Finally, the Mayor was able to show a rendering for the St. George Redevelopment Project.  This project has been in the works for over 20 years.  That section of Linden has always had a poor, rundown appearance.  The new development will cover several blocks.  There will be 114 residential apartments and, again, retail at the street level.  The City had to use the power of eminent domain to purchase a longstanding tire shop on the corner as the last piece of the redevelopment.  As opposed to the other projects, the Mayor expects construction to commence in the Fall of 2017.  In response to questions, the Mayor was not concerned about the number of new apartments being built as they typically do not draw families that will increase the population in the Public School System, but attract young couples or elderly couples selling their single-family homes.

 

Other development projects involve the placement of solar panels on the landfill.  There is already a company that wants to purchase all of the electricity produced by the solar panels, which the City estimates at 4 megawatts.   The City just put out an RFQ with responses due by October 3rd.  Twenty companies picked up packages to put their bid proposals together.  The City is expecting to realize about $150,000 in new revenue.

 

The City has moved forward in the creation of its own Port Authority for the Tremley Point area.  Representatives of the City have worked very successfully both with the New Jersey DOT and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as the new megaships are moving into this Port area.  The Port Authority of Linden is working with a large development company known for its abilities to develop Port areas.  In the design proposals the Tremley Point area would have state-of-the-art cranes, transportation in and out of the area, direct connections between all the Ports in New York and storage facilities.  There are multiple customers who are very interested in utilizing this area for their shipping facilities.  The biggest problem with this development is the environmental issues.

 

With regard to the old GM property, it will be largely warehousing, although Duke Properties will still have a Super Walmart.  The Mayor was also pleased to report that a new supermarket will go into the old Pathmark site.  With respect to access to and from the Port Authority area, the Mayor reported that the connector road is no closer to being done.  Recent allocations of dollars towards that project were only to be used for further environmental impact studies.  No construction is currently planned.  That whole project on Tremley Point has largely been held up by government agencies. 

 

The Park Plastic site has been demolished and is an empty lot.  The City of Linden is the owner of the property.  The City believes there is a developer who is interested. 

 

The City continues to have a problem with the railroad trestle that crosses over North Wood Avenue.  It only has a clearance height of 12’7” and there are multiple signs and electronic warning devices, but nevertheless, the trestle is constantly hit by tractor trailers whose height is greater than the clearance under the bridge. 

 

With respect to the LEDC, the Mayor acknowledged that Rich Puschel had resigned and they continue to look for replacement.  Alex Lospinoso, as the Chairman of the LEDC, has promised that they would continue to meet on a regular basis and he would conduct the meetings.

 

A new religious group has gained municipal approvals to put a synagogue into the City of Linden.  The City is reviewing its ordinance structure to make sure that the public health and safety is maintained within the City and that there is not an undue burden placed upon the taxpayers.  The City plans on enforcing its occupancy limitations in each residence and that single-family homes will not be the subject of tax exemptions as a religious institution.

 

The Mayor reported that Blue Apron was moving its entire operations to the City of Linden and closing its Jersey City facility.  At this point it has not fully occupied the space in Linden.  The Mayor did complain that some of the Blue Apron employees were not respectful to the City of Linden and that strict enforcement of its municipal ordinances would be forthcoming.

 

 

Environmental, Health & Safety.  No report provided.

 

Government and Community Relations and Linden Economic Development Corporation.  Assistant to the Mayor, Rebecca Tattoli reported that the 2017 Business Directory was about to close its free advertising.  She passed out a copy to each one of the members.  The City’s cultural events upcoming would be the “September to Remember” event, Kiwanis “The Taste of Linden” (a copy of the flyer is attached to these meeting minutes) and Halloween Parade.  The City was pleased to report that the Backpack Collection was a great success.  They distributed over 1,000 fully stocked backpacks in anticipation of the coming school year. 

 

Membership.  Vice President June Lazaro reported that KAD Associates was a new member as was Unity Bank.  Vice President Lazaro, together with Membership Chairman Angie Tsirkas, plan on doing a door-to-door campaign to increase the membership of the organization.

 

There being no further matters, the meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be Tuesday, October 17, 2017, sponsored by Infineum USA L.P.

 

                                                                        Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                                        James K. Estabrook, Esq., Secretary